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Jeffrey CohenJeffrey Cohen, ’91, was promoted to COO at G&D Integrated, a company providing transportation and logistics services based in Morton, Illinois. Previously, he served as vice president of the company’s transportation division.

James DentzCuris, Inc, a biotechnology company based in Lexington, Massachusetts, has appointed James E. Dentzer, ’95, president and CEO. Previously, he served as the company’s COO.

No ImageThe Richard E. Jacobs Group, a Cleveland-based real estate developer, has appointed James Eppele, ’87, as the new president and CEO of Jacobs Real Estate Services, one of its affiliate companies. Eppele previously served as the company’s executive vice president.

Cesar GueikianThe Nashville-based musical instrument manufacturer Gibson Brands, Inc., has appointed Cesar Gueikian, ’03, as chief merchant officer. Gueikian joins the company after a 20-year career as an entrepreneur and financier, investing in the growth of companies around the world.

Jose LeonardoThe Miami-headquartered movie theater chain CMX Cinemas has named Jose Leonardo Martí, ’81, CEO. Previously, Martí served as CFO and CEO for Grupo Cinemex, SA de CV, a Mexico City–based owner and operator of film theaters in Mexico.

Thomas McGillThomas McGill, ’97, has been appointed interim CFO of BorgWarner, effective January 1, 2019. McGill currently serves as the company’s vice president and treasurer. BorgWarner is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan and provides clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid, and electric vehicles.

Joe MegibowPurple Innovation, Inc., has named Joseph Megibow, ’96, CEO. Purple Innovation is a comfort technology company based in Alpine, Utah. Most recently, Megibow served as an independent consultant to Advent International, a private equity firm headquartered in Boston.

Clifford John PrzybyClifford John Przybyl, ’11, has been appointed chief strategy officer at Snapsheet, a provider of virtual claims solutions based in Chicago. Przybyl, who cofounded Snapsheet, formerly served as the company’s president.

Roy SumitSumit Roy, ’01, has been promoted to CEO of Realty Income Corp., a real estate investment company based in San Diego. Roy previously served as the company’s president and COO.

Ryan SpohnThe Naperville, Illinois-based professional services firm Sikich has hired Ryan Spohn, ’10, as CFO. Prior to joining Sikich, Spohn was the international CFO for InnerWorkings, a Chicago-based marketing execution services company.

Ricardo ZubietaQMC Telecom International has appointed Ricardo Zubieta, ’99, CFO. QMC provides wireless communications infrastructure assets in Latin America and is headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Zubieta joins QMC from the London-based consumer and wholesale bank Barclays, where he served as managing director the global technology, media, and telecom group.

No ImageDaniel Coleman, ’93, has been named to the board of trustees for Birmingham-Southern College, a private liberal arts college in Birmingham, Alabama. Coleman most recently served as CEO of the New York–headquartered financial services firm KCG Holdings, a global trader of equities, futures, bonds, and options.

No ImageThe Singapore-headquartered global air transportation company Singapore Airlines has appointed Swee Chen Goh, ’03 (AXP-2) to its board as an independent director, effective January 1, 2019. Goh is chairman of the energy company Shell Companies in Singapore.

Lori kaiserLori Kaiser, ’00 (XP-69), recently joined the board of the Capitol Series Trust. Kaiser is CEO and founder of Kaiser Consulting, a provider of financial and information technology consulting services based in Powell, Ohio. Kaiser also teaches in the MBA program at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business based in Columbus, Ohio.

No ImageThe Basel, Switzerland-based investment banking company UBS Group AG has named Robert Karofsky, ’94, co-president of the Investment Bank and a member of the executive board. Karofsky currently serves as the firm’s global head of equities.

Pablo MercadoComfort Systems USA, Inc., a Houston-based provider of business solutions addressing workplace comfort, has appointed Pablo Mercado, ’03, to its board of directors. Mercado currently serves as senior vice president and CFO of Forum Energy Technologies, Inc., a global oilfield products company headquartered in Houston.

Denise RamosUnited Technologies Corp., an aircraft manufacturing company based in Farmington, Connecticut, has named Denise Ramos, ’79, to its board of directors, effective December 10, 2018. Ramos will retire as CEO of ITT Inc., a manufacturing company headquartered in White Plains, New York, on January 1, 2019.

Clayton RoseClayton Rose, AB ’80, MBA ’81, has been appointed to the board of directors for Bank of America, the investment bank and financial services company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rose currently serves as president of the private liberal arts school Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

No ImageVikas Sehgal, ’03, has joined the board of directors for Cyient Limited, a global provider of engineering solutions, analytics, and product design and development based in Hyderabad, India. Sehgal is executive vice chairman for the South and Southeast Asian region and global head of the automotive sector at Rothschild Global Advisory, a financial holding company based in Paris. 

Pratik ShahPratik Shah, PhD ’96 (Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics), MBA ’99, has been appointed to the board of directors at the San Diego–based biotechnology company Synthorx. Shah is president and CEO of the San Diego–based biopharmaceutical company Auspex Pharmaceuticals.

William AliberWilliam Aliber, ’90, has joined Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners LLC as a managing director. Previously, Aliber was CFO of Ascend Learning, a provider of educational content, software, and analytics headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts. Providence Strategic Growth Capital is an affiliate of Providence Equity Partners LLC, a premier global asset management firm based in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Nandan AmladiNandan Amladi, ’00, was named director of Guggenheim Securities, the investment banking and capital markets division of Guggenheim Partners, a global investment and advisory financial services firm headquartered in New York. Most recently, Amladi was a senior analyst at Deutsche Bank, an investment bank and financial services company headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany.

Lori kaiserRoyce & Associates has named Suzanne Franks, ’96, assistant portfolio manager. Royce & Associates is a small-cap equity specialist based in New York. Franks has more than 20 years of experience in equity research, portfolio management, and investment baking.

Gina HechtThe Waunakee Tribune, a weekly newspaper in Waunakee, Wisconsin, recently profiled Gina Hecht, ’99, about her burgeoning art career and upcoming exhibitions. Before turning to painting, Hecht worked in the financial industry, serving as a financial analyst at the Chicago-based food and beverage company Kraft Foods.

No ImageThe New York Times recently featured an interview Mark Hoplamazian, ’89, CEO of the Chicago-headquartered hospitality company Hyatt Hotels, about his ascent to the top of the multinational hotel chain.

Tom JardineThomas M. Jardine, ’95, has joined Trade Informatics as a managing director and head of data analytics. Trade Informatics is an independent provider of quantitative analytics and systematic trading solutions based in New York. Previously, Jardine served as executive director at the New York–based investment bank and financial services company JPMorgan Chase.

Rob KarwathRob Karwath, ’02 (XP-71), has been named general manager of the Kansan Media Group, a student-run media outlet at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, where Karwath also serves as news adviser and full-time faculty member. He continues to serve as CEO and president of North Coast Communications, a Duluth, Minnesota-based strategic communications consultancy that Karwath founded in 2011.

Kendra KrolikUnder senior director Kendra Krolik, ’07, College Possible’s Catalyze program was awarded the inaugural Evergreen National Education Prize, a national award recognizing the most innovative, cost-effective, and scalable programs to help low-income youth achieve college or vocational success. A nonprofit headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, College Possible delivers an intensive, research-based curriculum of coaching and academic support. Its newest initiative, Catalyze, brings this curriculum directly to college campuses.

Peter LangChardan, a New York-based global investment bank, has appointed Peter Lang, ’00, as managing director and head of healthcare banking. Lang joins Chardan from the London-headquartered financial services company HSBC Bank, where he served as managing director and head of North America healthcare investment banking and advisory.

No ImageJospeh Maimone, ’81, has been appointed chief of staff to the superintendent at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Maimone brings more than 20 years of experience in education, most recently serving as headmaster of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, a public charter school in Moorseboro, North Carolina.

Robert RiiskaRobert Riiska, ’89, has been named managing director at SierraConstellation Partners, a national interim management and advisory firm headquartered in Los Angeles. Previously, Riiska served as senior managing director and head of the Western US practice for a national turnaround and restructuring consulting firm.

Nancie McDonnel RuderNancie McDonnel Ruder, ’94, recently published the book, Jack and Jill Went up the Hill: How Senior Marketers Scale the Heights through Art and Science, which features more than 50 interviews with some of the world’s best marketers. Ruder is the founder and president of Bethesda, Maryland-based Noetic Consultants, which provides consulting services in marketing, brand strategy, research, and training.

Nick SomersWashington University has named its psychology building Somers Family Hall in recognition of the significant contributions Nicholas Somers, ’88, and his wife have made to the university. Somers is managing partner and founder of SV Investment Partners, a private investment holding company based in Greenwich, Connecticut, and principal owner and executive chairman of International Decisions Systems, Inc., an equipment finance software company based in Minneapolis.

James CliftonGreat Rock Capital has named James Clifton, ’11, managing director of originations. Great Rock Capital is an asset-focused commercial finance company headquartered in Westport, Connecticut. Clifton joins Great Rock Capital from Pittsburgh-headquartered PNC Bank, National Association, where he served as senior vice president.

Lori kaiserDaniel Dorman, ’12, has been named a senior ESG research analyst at Calvert Research and Management, an investment services company and subsidiary of Eaton Vance Management based in Washington, DC. Previously, Dorman served as a senior advisor at the US Department of the Treasury, the executive agency responsible for the nation’s economic prosperity and financial security located in Washington, DC. 

No ImageJessica Iverson, ’12, has launched JIPR, a Chicago-based strategic communications and brand marketing consultancy focused on financial and startup firms. Prior to founding JIPR, Iverson served as global head of brand and communications at the Chicago-based principal trading company DRW.

Charlie RossettiMPE Partners, a Cleveland- and Boston-based private equity firm, has promoted Charles Rossetti, ’15, to principal. Rossetti previously served as a director of the firm’s B&E Group and United Pipe & Steel.